Scott Adams ("Dilbert")

Scott AdamsBorn in 1957, Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams was raised in Windham, New York, in the Catskill mountains.

Adams holds a BA in economics from Hartwick College, in Oneonta, New York, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. He's a certified hypnotist as well.

Following college, Adams moved to northern California, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since them. He held a variety of (in his words) "humiliating and low-paying jobs" during his eight years at Crocker National Bank and nine years at Pacific Bell. He's been a bank teller (including robbed twice at gunpoint), computer programmer, financial analyst, product manager, commercial lender, budget manager, strategist, project manager, and pseudo-engineer.

During this time Adams entertained himself during boring meetings by drawing cartoons of his co-workers and bosses. Eventually a bespectacled character named Dilbert (at the suggestion of a co-worker) emerged from the doodles. In 1988 Adams achieved syndication with United Feature Syndicate, who plucked Dilbert out of thousands of submissions received that year. Dilbert was launched in about 50 newspapers in 1989.

Adams continued his day job at Pacific Bell until 1995, drawing Dilbert every day before work. Now he works full time on Dilbert, including speaking, writing, doing interviews and designing artwork for licensed products.